fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "mrslindajones08 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 04:29:08 +0100
Subject: COMPLIMENT OF THE SEASON.
COMPLIMENT OF THE SEASON.
My Dear Friend,Greetings!
This is to show my appreciation for your passed efforts/commitments.I
realized your hands were tied up then. I have transfered the Fund in a new
Bank Account provided by a friend of mine in London .I dropped an
International Certified Bank Draft worth ($3.5M.USD) in your favor in care
of Mr.Godwin Eberechi in Benin-Republic as compensation for your passed
So contact him via his email address: ( email@example.com ) or
forward my email to him ask him to send the Bank Draft to you.I am presently
in London trying to set up business,buy shares,stocks,and other profitable
Take good care of yourself.